SAN FRANCISCO WiMax chip specialist Sequans Communications and telecommunications equipment vendor Alcatel SA have entered into a cooperative agreement to produce low-cost end user devices based on Sequans' chips and tailored to the need for broadband access in developing countries, Sequans said Monday (Nov. 27). Production is scheduled to begin during the second quarter of 2007.
"The world's high growth markets such as India will benefit tremendously from the deployment of WiMax networks and we are pleased to contribute to Alcatel's Universal WiMax 802.16e-2005 network deployments around the world," Georges Karam, Sequans' CEO, in a statement.
"Through its open CPE [customer premises equipment] policy for end user devices and its 'Broadband for All' program, Alcatel is committed to the wide scale deployment of Universal WiMax 802.16e-2005 and Sequans' technology will help us get low-cost devices into the hands of consumers quickly," said Sylvie Richir, vice president of Alcatel's broadband wireless access business.
Sequans SQN1110 mobile WiMax chip for end user devices claims the industry's lowest power consumption, drawing 350 milliwatts of power, while delivering throughput of more than 10 megabits per second, according to Sequans (Paris).